Hayter ninth in Worlds road race

25 Sep 2022

Hayter ninth in Worlds road race

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World Championships Road Race - Wollongong, 266.9km

Ethan Hayter sprinted to ninth place in the World Championship men's road race for Great Britain.

The Grenadier was part of a fast-finishing peloton which reeled in a number of breakaway riders during a rapid final lap in Wollongong. It had looked like a group of riders, including GB's Ben Tulett, would stay clear to contest the top 10 positions before a late surge from the pack.

Tulett had done well to follow a decisive move with 75km to go, which also featured eventual race winner Remco Evenepoel (Belgium). The 25-strong group opened out a good advantage of over two minutes, and also consumed the day's early breakaway.

The Grenadiers also had representation in that initial move through Pavel Sivakov (France) and, on home roads, Luke Plapp (Australia).

With two laps to go Evenepoel was able to solo clear on Mount Pleasant, with the Belgian eventually winning by a dominant margin of 2:21.

Hayter secured a top-10 behind, with Christophe Laporte (France) and Michael Matthews (Australia) taking the remaining medals.

Tulett held on for 14th, with a number of Grenadiers also helping Team GB on the day. Luke Rowe, Ben Turner and Ben Swift got through a lot of work during the 266.9km race. 

Dylan van Baarle (Netherlands) came home in the peloton, with Jhonatan Narvez (Ecuador) just behind, while Magnus Sheffield (United States) gained some great experience in his first senior Worlds road race.